SF Sketchfest co-founder Janet Varney selects a few favorite “under the radar” shows happening the last week of SF Sketchfest!
Janet: I have to start out this week’s picks with Tuesday’s show at the Castro. I don’t have enough room in this writeup to list all of Penn & Teller’s achievements. They’re incredibly prolific, incredibly creative, incredibly smart, incredibly funny and just all-around really cool guys. We have the honor of paying Tribute to them as they take a look at their nearly 40 years of doing magic and comedy together, in conversation with Mythbusters’ Adam Savage, who also happens to be all of those qualities I mentioned above. And for those of you wondering if Teller will be sitting mute for the entire show… you’ll just have to come see for yourself (it will be worth it, I promise). See you there! Tuesday, February 3rd at 8pm.
My next pick is just a good, old-fashioned variety show…that happens to be replete with a bunch of TOTAL BADASSES. Wheels Off With Rhett Miller has music — courtesy Rhett himself (Old 97s) and John Vanderslice, comedy— courtesy SF Sketchfest winning-for-most-shows-done-per-festival staple Paul F. Tompkins, and prose— courtesy the Bay Area’s own brilliant author, Michael Chabon. I’m sorry, but that’s an insanely cool lineup. Come geek out with me at Cobb’s this Wednesday, February 4th at 8pm!
Okay, I know we’re supposed to do 3 picks, but I just want to squeeze one more in here before the last one. Tinkle Twins is a popular standup show at Largo in LA, hosted by two of my favorite people, Dana Gould and Arden Myrin. As if that weren’t enough, their guests for this SF Sketchfest iteration are none other than Greg Behrendt, Mike Lawrence, Natasha Leggero and Brendon Small. That’s a lot of show! Friday, February 6th at 10:30pm at the Verdi Club.
And then finally, jumping ahead to Sunday, our closing day of the festival, I’m super excited for our Sneak Peek at Comedy Central’s new show, “Another Period.” First of all, it’s a dream cast. Created by and starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, the show also boasts this astonishing lineup of awesomeness: Lauren Ash, Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Beth Dover, Brett Gelman, Christina Hendricks, Brian Huskey, David Koechner, Jason Ritter, David Wain and Armen Weitzman! “Another Period” is set in the early 1900s and follows the misadventures of Newport RI’s first family. They have absolutely nothing to offer to the world, but have so much money it doesn’t matter. We’ll get a look at episodes of the new show and chat with the cast. Sunday, February 8th at 4pm at Cobbs!
Stay tuned for the final picks from co-founder David Owen and Cole Stratton.